How Young People Educate Themselves…Digitally

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The recently published findings from the Digital Youth Project, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, shed some interesting light on how young people use media and on the benefits of that use. Contrary to what the report calls common adult perceptions, the findings suggest that digital media are important to young… Read more »

More Links Between Violent Media and Aggression

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Over the past 50 years, research has linked violent media exposure to increased aggression in young people. This month’s Pediatrics adds two new studies to the mix: one on Internet violence and one on violent video games. Both recommend reducing or eliminating youth exposure to violent media. One study found a link between being exposed… Read more »

Children’s Safety vs. Free Speech?

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On Wednesday, California will once again bring to the courts the question of whether to bar the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The Mercury New reports that supporters intend to protect children from the negative effects of exposure to media violence. Opponents, however, say that the law is unconstitutional and claim… Read more »

Violence on YouTube

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A gunman opened fire in a Finnish school Tuesday, killing 10 students and himself. The AP reports that the suspect posted threatening videos on YouTube the day before the shooting, which prompted police questioning but not confiscation of his gun. The event brought renewed attention to YouTube’s policy about posting threatening videos. Although the site… Read more »

Virtual Safety?

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Kid-centered online communities may seem safer than many other potential hang outs, whether electronic or not–after all, the sites are often heavily monitored to ensure that less than well-intentioned adults can’t access them. According to an article in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times, however, even such monitoring doesn’t protect the kids from another threat: each other…. Read more »

TV Use Down; Computer Use Up

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The 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey is now available.  Here are the results of the media-related questions: 35% of students watched television 3 or more hours per day on an average school day (see table).  This is down from 43% in 1999. 25% of students used a computer for something that was not school work… Read more »

Glamorizing Thinness through Pro-Anorexia Websites

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Last week, the French parliament’s lower house adopted a bill that would make it illegal to publicly glamorize or encourage extreme thinness. In particular, the bill cracks down on “pro-ana”—or pro-anorexia—websites, where people with eating disorders can go for advice on how to lose weight, for photos of waif-like celebrities that offer “Thinspiration,” and for… Read more »

Eyes on (Cyber)Bullying

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As internet use and other electronic forms of communication have become increasingly prevalent among young people, a new form of bullying has been on the rise: cyberbullying. This form of bullying involves “posting hurtful, embarrassing, or threatening text or images using the Internet, cell phones, or other communication devices.” And as difficult as any bullying… Read more »

What I Learned at the CCFC Summit

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On Friday, I presented at the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood’s Annual Summit.  My talk about research on media and sex was well-attended and lead to some great discussion among participants.  I wanted to post about a few resources I became aware of through the Summit and pass them on to CMCH blog readers,… Read more »

Do Parents Understand Their Children’s Online Activities?

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The following was written by guest blogger Dafna Lemish, editor of the Journal of Children and Media, professor of communication at Tel Aviv University, and future CMCH visiting scholar.  Since this study is currently published in Hebrew, she translates her findings here: My colleague Rivka Ribak and I sought to understand the role of the… Read more »